Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Breaking Dawn Review
Avery Cat gives Breaking Dawn 4 out of 5 catnip mousies
I finished Breaking Dawn a couple of days ago, and I enjoyed it. Personally, I think it was the most well-written of the series. Now, I have blogged about the previous three books in the series before, and if you read any of those posts, you'll know that although I voraciously consumed all three books in little over a week, I also concluded that they weren't very well-written. I felt the plot was uneven, with nothing happening in the beginning, and all the action at the end. The character of Bella also really, really annoyed me. She was too passive, always letting things happen to her without taking control of her own life. In fact, I was completely mystified as to what Edward saw in her, because to me, she was flat and lacking personality. She just was. It seemed like she was only defined in her relationship to Edward. I'm a big fan of strong female characters in the books that I read, and Bella just really wasn't cutting it.
Now I'll tell you why Breaking Dawn was better.
I thought the plot in Breaking Dawn was a lot better balanced. There seemed to be a little more action in the beginning of the book and so it sustained my interest a bit better. And Bella getting pregnant? Well, I wouldn't have predicted that for the last book, although once I started reading I figured it out pretty quickly due to the foreshadowing.
And although I know for a fact there were a lot of people hoping that Bella would get together with Jacob instead, I knew that it was going to be Edward. I mean, they've been together since book one, and they consider each other soul mates. It was a done deal long ago.
And I personally think that the character of Bella improved 100% in this book. Even before she gets her cool vampire powers, she takes a stand on keeping the baby, where before, she pretty much has had to go along with whatever Edward has said.
And I enjoyed the ending a lot. The whole stand-off in the woods was good. And of course, although Meyer has said she's done writing from Bella's perspective, the ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel what with the unresolved confrontation with the Volturi. Perhaps she'll continue the storyline with Jacob and Renesmee as the main characters.
I am also excited about the Twilight movie which is coming in December. Check out the trailer. It looks good, but Bella's voice is somehow wrong to me.
And in other news, I just watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace again last night because it was on TV, and I was just reminded all over again of how horrid parts of that movie were. But it also had some really good parts too. I liked especially all the light saber fights. But if you remember the last fight, after Darth Maul has killed Qui-Gon and then he knocks Obi-Wan off the platform so he's dangling below him. And then Obi-Wan jumps up and does a flip over his head and then slices Darth Maul in half. And it suddenly struck me... is that not exactly what Anakin tries to do in the third movie? So how come Obi-Wan can do it, but when Anakin tries it, he gets sliced in half? Hmmmm?
Posted by Violette at 8:26 PM